The King Who Had to Go: Edward VIII, Mrs Simpson and the Hidden Politics of the Abdication Crisis
Fact of the Day
The name 'Plantagenet' probably comes from the sprig of broom (planta genista) Henry II's father Geoffrey used to keep in his helmet.
Quote of the Day
"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me. "
~ Martin Niemöller
On This Day
1704 Combined British, German & Dutch forces won the Battle of Blenheim, marking a turning point in the War of the Spanish Succession.
1910 Nurse and statistician Florence Nightingale died peacefully in her bed in Mayfair, London, aged 90.
1946 H.G. Wells, one of the 'fathers of science fiction', died of unspecified causes, aged 79.
1961 In an effort to stop people fleeing to the West, the East German government closed the borders between East and West Berlin, which led to the building of the Berlin Wall.
1964 Gwynne Evans and Peter Allen, who had killed their friend for his money, became the last criminals in the UK to be hanged.